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1st Edition

Rigor Made Easy
Getting Started

ISBN 9781596672154
Published March 1, 2012 by Routledge
128 Pages

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Book Description

Bestselling author and noted rigor expert Barbara Blackburn shares the secrets to getting started, maintaining momentum, and reaching your goals. Learn what rigor looks like in the classroom, understand what it means for your students, and get the keys to successful implementation. Learn how to use rigor to raise expectations, provide appropriate support, and meet the Common Core State Standards - whether or not rigor is mandated in your district! This book is filled with practical, use-the-next-day strategies for all grade levels and subject areas. Use the ideas to raise the level of learning for all of your students!

Also Available! Correlation Table linking topics in Rigor Made Easy to the Common Core!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Rigor
Myths About Rigor
Defining Rigor

Chapter 2: Raise the Level of Content
The Common Core State Standards
Selecting Appropriate Text
Multiple Sources of Information
Depth, Not Coverage
Points to Ponder

Chapter 3: Increase Complexity
Digging Deeper
Quality Questions
Ratchet Up Reviews
Take It Up a Notch
Points to Ponder

Chapter 4: Give Appropriate Support and Guidance
Gradual Release
Working With Struggling Learners
Extra Help and Support
Points to Ponder

Chapter 5: Open Your Focus
Begin With Discovery
Points to Ponder

Chapter 6: Raise Expectations
Student Motivation
Beliefs and Actions
Ensuring Rigor for EACH Student
Celebrating Progress
Points to Ponder

Chapter 7: Challenges and Adventures
I'm Just Not Sure
I Don't Know Where to Start
I Don't Have Enough Time, Support, or Resources
I'm Facing Resistance
What About Grading and Assessment?
Points to Ponder


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"Rigor Made Easy" is full of specific ideas that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms to increase rigor."
—Eric Williams, Superintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VA